Remember When: April 2019

1894: Scott County Argus

April 5, 1894

For the benefit of those interested we would state that John A. Dean has a veterinary surgeon’s diploma, secured under the provisions of the new law.

Postmaster Chewning has improved his office in appearance and convenience by the addition of thirty new lockboxes which occupy the space formerly taken up by the money order window. That department has been removed to the counter next to the wicket. Nearly all the new boxes have been already engaged.

Fred Scherkenbach is making some extensive repairs on his dwelling on Second street. The main part is being reshingled and the house will be made more commodious by the addition of a two story frame ell 12×15 feet in size.

April 12, 1894

G. L. Nye has removed his family to the Jos. Buch residence, recently vacated by W. W. Cornelie’s family.

At the meeting of the Washta Club last Saturday night it was voted to carpet the floor, decorate the walls, curtain the windows, etc., of their reading room. When the work is completed the Club will have quarters in whose comfort and elegance every member may feel a very pardonable pride.

Jos. Linhoff is enhancing the beauty of his elegant new residence and grounds by grading and sodding the large lawn, planting trees upon it and along the adjacent streets, and erecting a tasty low ironed fence about the whole property. A barn, handsome in design, will be built upon the northeast corner of the plat in the near future. When completed Mr. Linhoff will have one of the most beautiful pieces of property in the city.

The front of the Gutenberg Block is being brightened up with a new coat of paint of a light brown color, which will add much to its usual neat appearance.

M. Berens maintains that summer is coming, and has backed his opinion by purchasing and putting in place a new white awning for the eastern half of his block.

F. X. Hirscher and Sons have just received an order for two altars to be used in a Minneapolis church. The large one upon which they are now working is rapidly nearing completion.

J. A. Wilder, for twenty-nine years past a leading lumber-dealer of this town, on Tuesday last made an assignment to Atty. E. Southworth. The move was made to protect his interests against the execution of a judgment held against a stock company of eight which purchased some West St. Paul property several years ago. Two of the members are dead and Mr. Wilder was the only one in business on whom a levy could be made. As he had already paid his share of the judgment, he felt that it was unfair that he should be compelled to pay anything more; hence the assignment. The judgment mentioned constitutes the main portion of the liabilities, a schedule of which has not yet been filed.

The office of the County Auditor is being brightened with a supply of tasty wall-paper laid on by the skilled hand of Peter Mergens.

April 19, 1894

The front of the Heidenreich Block is resplendent with a new and tasty coat of paint, dark green in color.

George Allen disposed of his personal effects at an auction held at the old fair grounds Monday, and will soon remove his family to middle California.

John Gordon has rented rooms on the second floor of Hubert Marx’ building, where he will make his headquarters during the coming driving season.

Wm. Beggs is this week moving out to his recently purchased farm, the old fair grounds. The house vacated by him will be occupied by Anton Ring and family.

Employees at the mill have been busy since Monday putting in a Reynolds Air Pump which will increase the working power of their big compound engine at least thirty horse power. The work of the old condenser was not sufficient for the needs of the monster. With the additional power the mill can turn out a hundred barrels more of their excellent flour each day, and the thousand barrel mark is now only a hundred barrels distant.

Plans have been drawn for Charles Broman’s new brick block which is to be built on the lot between his present store and that of John McMullen. The structure will be similar in design to the new part of the Argus Block and will be 20×60 feet in size. The whole will be of brick to present a uniform appearance with his present building. Contractors are now figuring on the plans and the contract will soon be let, when work will be begun at once. Tally one more for Shakopee’s steady boom.

April 26, 1894

The iron front of Otto Spielman’s new building is much improved by a shining coat of black and dark green paint.

M. A. Deutsch, of the drug firm of Deutsch & Zettel, now sleeps in Dr. Fischer’s office over the drug store, and will be ready to fill prescriptions at any hour of the day or night.

The interior of H. H. Strunk & Sons’ drug store has been brightened up with a triple coat of white lead, and as a result the usual neat appearance of the place is much augmented. The ceiling, 105 feet in length, has just one hundred pounds of fresh white paint shining down upon the patrons of the store.

Mrs. H. Fuller has just purchased a handsome upright piano as a gift for her daughters.

Work on the Broman building is progressing merrily. The excavation will be completed this week.

With two new brick business blocks, a $5,000 brick dwelling, extensive additions to three residences, and new barns, and fences galore, all in process of construction, Shakopee is right royally maintaining her reputation as a progressive town, through thick and thin.

The interior of Lins Bros.’ Meat Market looks as bright as a dollar. The big new refrigerator has been put in place, the whole interior of the shop has been neatly painted, and the new galvanized iron meat racks are groaning under their loads of juicy, fat meats. Gebrueder Lins are to be congratulated upon the decided improvement made.

Work was begun this morning upon Jos. Nachtsheim’s new building on the lot adjoining his bakery. The new structure will be of solid brick 16×25 feet in size with a kitchen 16×16 feet at the rear. The front is to be constructed with double doors in the center between the two large show windows, something after the plan of M. Berens’ new building.

Last Thursday the old frame building for some time past occupied as a sample room in connection with the Occidental Hotel was sold by Jos. Nachtsheim to Adam Flecken, who proposed moving it upon his lots at the rear of the hotel and facing on Sommerville street. On Friday he changed his mind and started to move it upon the vacant space between the west wing of the hotel and the alley. The space is sixteen feet wide and the building was fourteen. Mr. Nachtsheim repurchased the building and tore it down. The old site is now to be covered by a new solid brick structure that will be an ornament to that part of the city.

Fred Spindler has purchased the Mrs. Moor residence in East Shakopee, the consideration being $800.

The interior of the How Block is rapidly being finished.

Wm. Willson has opened an office in the Condon Block, in the rooms formerly occupied by Aug. F. L. Bornarth. See his card on first page.

Dr. H. P. Fischer, a graduate of the Detroit College of Medicine, has located here, and will be established in the pleasant office rooms over Deutsch & Zettel’s drugstore within a day or two. Dr. Fischer is a competent physician, speaks German fluently, and is, withal, a very pleasant gentleman to meet. As such he will be welcomed to the professional and social circles of the city.

1919: Shakopee Tribune

April 4, 1919

Miss Anna Gruen is the new clerk in Heinen’s confectionery and commenced work on Monday morning.

The R. C. Kline family are moving into the Peck house this week. The rooms vacated by them will be occupied by the Charles Kuhns family.

Dr. J. G. Newell moved his dental offices from the Condon building on First St., to the Hinds building on Lewis St., the doctor occupying the rooms above the Deutsch pharmacy.

Hoodlums Paint Mayor’s House. Without exception, the most disgraceful piece of work that has ever been perpetrated in this town was last Saturday night’s outrage on the house and property of Mayor Joseph Lenertz. A few low-lived hoodlums, no doubt aided and abetted by others just as ill-intentioned but less bold, defaced the home of Mr. Lenertz with yellow paint, and broke into his garage and wreaked their stupid vengeance for imaginary grievances on his two cars. The tires of the Ford were punctured with some sharp implement, the cushions were cut open and the stuffing thrown about, the upholstering slashed, and the tonneau scratched and daubed with paint. The big Winton suffered more yet; the mohair top was slashed to ribbons, the heavy leather upholstery was cut and torn, and the tonneau was gouged, cut and smeared with paint. The tires were cut but the casings resisted the implement…

April 11, 1919

John T. Kreuser and son are engaged in building an addition to the Joseph Ploumen home.

Roman Berens left for Redfield, S. D., on Wednesday evening, where he has accepted a positon in a jewelry store.

The Edwin Leibold family moved into the Thomas Donlon home on Thursday. The house vacated by them will be occupied by Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Walsh.

James Doyle is having the house on his place, formerly the Poetz home, torn down. A fine new bungalow will replace the structure and work will be commenced at once.


Control Board Make Inspection

Messrs. R. W. Wheelock, Chas. E. Vasaly and C. J. Swendson, members of the state board of control, Engineer Wallace and Assistant-Architect Nelson were in Shakopee Wednesday for the purpose of inspecting the recently completed main building of the women’s reformatory…

The board and the accompanying experts made a thorough inspection of the new building. They were enthusiastic, and had no hesitancy in declaring it to be the most perfect of its kind in the state, and a model for others to follow.

The board carefully examined the grounds belonging to the state adjacent to the building, with a view to selecting the sites which the two proposed cottages would occupy. After mature deliberation it was decided that these cottages shall be erected one to the southeast and one to the southwest of the main building, the three to compose a harmonizing architectural group. The penal cottage, which will house the female prisoners transferred from Stillwater, has already been authorized, and an appropriation of $50,000 made for it. The budget, which is yet pending in the senate, carries $45,000 for the reformatory cottage. It was the opinion of the board that both of these would be commenced within the current year.

April 18, 1919

St. Paul House Sold. J. E. Jones, who has managed the St. Paul Hotel here for the past two years, closed a deal on Tuesday of this week whereby he took over the management of a hotel at Hopkins which he has had his eye upon for some time. Mr. Jones advertised the St. Paul for sale last week, and this week John Abeln took over his lease, but will run it as a rooming house only for the present. The building is the property of Hubert Nyssen. The Joneses did a good business here, and doubtless will make a success in their new location.

P. G. Miller departed Saturday for Raymond, S. D., where he will have charge of an elevator. Mrs. Miller and children will follow later.

April 25, 1919

Council Still Deadlocked. The adjourned meeting of the city council was held at the council room Tuesday evening. The principal matter of business was the renewal of the balloting on health officer. On the first ballot or two the vote stood as before, 4 for Dr. Fischer and 4 for Dr. Reiter. Then Henry Schroeder was nominated in the hope of breaking the deadlock, but he also failed to get the necessary five votes. After several more ballots the job was again abandoned, and Dr. Reiter still holds over.

John A. Kopisca, as agent for the Manhattan Oil company, presented a petition for permit to erect two 15,000-gallon oil tanks at the west end of the railroad yards. The council granted the permit.

Benefit For War Orphan. A benefit play will be given at the Gem Theatre next Tuesday evening by the Women’s Relief Corps for the purpose of raising funds for the support for the year of their adopted French orphan, Emma Bordelanne. The ladies have been fortunate in securing the star, Vivian Martin, in “The Fair Barbarian”, for the performance. The mandolin orchestra has consented to furnish music for the occasion and other numbers will include a song by Miss Beulah Bowdish and a cornet solo by R. C. Byrde. The entertainment is being given in a most worthy cause, and is deserving of a full house. A matinee for children will be given in the afternoon after school.

Hartmann Remodels Front. C. J. Hartmann has a force of men employed in remodeling the front of his business block. When the work is completed the entrance to the meat market and the Schaefer jewelry store will be on opposite sides of the same vestibule. The entire front will be of the most modern design and will add greatly to the general appearance of the street. The stairway to the second floor is being closed and the rooms will be used by Mr. Hartmann for storage.

The Thomas Walsh family moved into the Jasper house on Third street, on Monday.

1919: Scott County Argus

April 4, 1919

Frank Ellis and family moved to Spring Lake Monday where they will engage in farming.

A real estate transfer of the week was the sale by J. E. Dean of his 115-acre farm for $17,250 to A. B. Bandy of Louisville town. Mr. Bandy will not take possession until October 1st.

Dastardly Outrage by Lawless Hoodlum. At an early hour last Sunday morning some unknown person or persons deliberately and lawlessly destroyed and mutilated the private property of Mayor Lenertz of this city. Not being satisfied with disfiguring a part of the front and west side of the house by the generous use of paint, the criminals went to Mr. Lenertz’s garage and most shamefully cut and slashed the tops, tires and upholstering of his seven passenger Winton Six and Ford runabout. Five hundred dollars will not repair the damage done to the cars…

April 11, 1919

Wm. Lynch May Be Next Postmaster. The report is common that William Lynch, having received the highest marking in the competitive civil service examination, will no doubt be appointed as Shakopee’s next postmaster…

For Sale, St. Paul Hotel. Modern, up-to-date hotel; 16 rooms, filled with regular boarders. Good location, one block from depot. A bargain if taken at once.

For Sale—Six room house with two lots, good barn and garage and good well. Enquire Peter C. Schmitz, Shakopee.

The Schroeder Brick & Lime Co. began burning lime last week.

The Frank Veigel family left the forepart of the week for Blue Earth where Mr. Veigel has bought a confectionery store.

Carl Plekkenpol of Route 3 came in Monday and marketed a 2-year-old hog for which he received a check for $111.25 from Manager John Doyle of the Farmers Livestock Shipping association.

Vocal Instruction. Miss Frances Kenney, who has recently been engaged as supervisor of music in the Shakopee public schools, will accept a limited number of vocal pupils…


Board Accepts Building

Members of the Board of Control, Messrs. C. E. Vasely, Ralph Wheelock and C. J. Swendsen, accompanied by the state engineer and the architect, came up Wednesday to inspect the new Women’s reformatory building and accepted the same for the state. They pronounced it the best constructed building belonging to the state.

The board is planning for the erection of two additional cottages this year, if possible, one to cost $50,000 and the other $45,000. These cottages will be built on the north side of the highway near the completed building, one on the southwest corner and the other at the southeast corner of the state’s property…


Jos. J. Moriarty Is Wilson Way President

The Woodrow Wilson Way association effected a permanent organization Tuesday, April 2d, at Kansas City, at a meeting of delegates from Minnesota, Iowa and Missouri assembled for that purpose. The highway will extend from Ely, Minn., to El Paso, Texas, and the work will be done by state organizations. Civic organizations in almost every city covered by the road have pledged financial support.

Joseph J. Moriarty of Shakopee, H. J. Hruska of Waseca, A. E. Missen of Minneapolis and H. J. Merdink of Ely represented Minnesota.

Joseph J. Moriarty was elected temporary chairman of the meeting and was also made permanent chairman of the executive committee…

April 18, 1919

August Scherkenbach has improved his cottage on Second street by an addition of two rooms, and it will also be given a coat of stucco and the interior be redecorated.

For Sale—7-room house, good cistern and well, 1 ½ blocks from St. Mark’s church. Enquire of Herman Tieben, Shakopee.

We were all pleased last week when the wheels of Shane Bros. & Wilson mills, one of Shakopee’s chief manufacturing industries, started to move again after an extended shut-down on account of government regulations which grew out of the late war conditions. They are now running steadily and are at present turning out several large government orders.

Hotel Changes Hands. The St. Paul hotel was sold Tuesday to John Abeln, the former proprietor, J. E. Jones, having purchased the St. Elm hotel at Hopkins where he took possession yesterday. The St. Elmo is the largest hotel in Hopkins and Mrs. Jones’ experience in the business promises a first-class hostelry for that city. He has conducted the St. Paul House successfully for two years and leaves Shakopee with the best wishes of all for continued prosperity. He extends a cordial invitation to Shakopee friends to call on him whenever they may be in Hopkins. Mr. Abeln will conduct the St. Paul as a rooming house only until such time as he can find some one to take charge of the regular hotel business with dining service in connection.


Court Hands Down Decision Miske Case

Judge Tifft handed down a decision this week in the quo warranto proceedings instituted by Mayor Lenertz to determine and adjudicate the question raised to establish whether or not the mayor under our charter has the authority to declare the position of nightwatch vacant and to fill same by appointment whenever, in his opinion, it becomes necessary.

Judge Tifft holds in substance that under our existing charter the mayor has no authority to discharge the nightwatch who has been appointed by the city council. However, we have it from Jos. J. Moriarty, attorney for Mayor Lenertz and the state, that the question involved will not be considered settled until the supreme court of Minnesota reviews the situation and passes judgment upon it. Notice of appeal has already been served.


Fire Destroys Shed

Monday morning at 5:45 o’clock fire was discovered at John A. Dean’s home by Mrs. L. M. Brown who saw the reflection from her home nearby. The alarm was turned in at once but before the department reached the scene Mr. Dean and a number of his neighbors had the flames well under control.

The fire started in a shed back of the residence which contained a quantity of flooring, old lumber and auto equipment among which the blaze spread rapidly. The woodshed in the rear of the residence was badly scorched and will probably have to be rebuilt on the north end. A small hose attached to a hydrant on the house proved effective in fighting the fire until the arrival of the department who made quick work of extinguishing the flames. The shed was completely destroyed.

Mr. Dean had burned grass in his backyard the day before and although he took precautions to put the fire out and turn the hose on it, it is probable that a spark lodged in the dry lumber and set fire to the building. He estimates the loss at $150 which is covered by insurance.

April 25, 1919

The Shakopee Telephone company have bought a new Ford roadster for the use of the superintendent.

Miss Gertrude Jasper came up from Minneapolis Thursday of last week to assist her mother in packing her household goods preparatory to moving and to remain until the latter leaves for Minneapolis to reside. Mrs. G. H. Wagner and sons Clarence and George of the latter city were visitors here Sunday and Monday.

1944: Shakopee Argus-Tribune

April 6, 1944

Car of Salvaged Tin To Be Loaded Here Apr. 14. Loading of another car of salvaged tin cans has been scheduled for April 14 by the Jacob Ries Bottling Wks., E. G. Leibold, county salvage chairman, announced this week…

Shakopee Raises $3,300 in Red Cross Fund Drive. Conclusively proving their appreciation of the sacrifices and suffering endured by the men and women in military service, Shakopee residents and business houses dug deeply into their pockets and contributed $3301.76 in the annual Red Cross War Fund drive, it was learned this week. Shakopee’s quota was $1800…

April 13, 1944

150 Gave Blood Here Wednesday. Although falling short of the goal of 200 pints, the Red Cross mobile blood donor unit gathered 150 pints of blood here last Wednesday, Mrs. W. A. Pomije, blood donor chairman, revealed this week…

Two Shakopee Airmen Killed in Action, Telegrams Advise. Two of Shakopee’s native sons, Captain Robert L. Schaefer and Ensign Anthony Mannix Moriarty, have been officially reported “killed in action” in telegrams received by relatives here the past week…

C. J. Kohler Moving Back To Shakopee. C. J. Kohler and family, who moved onto his farm in Washington county a year ago, are moving back to Shakopee to live. Mr. Kohler reports that he has sold his farm and is moving into his business block to re-engage in the ice cream business. Their friends here will be pleased to learn of his intentions and will extend a hearty welcome.


Homemade Sausage Supper Sunday in St. Mark’s Hall

A cafeteria supper will be served Sunday, April 16, in St. Mark’s school hall, under the auspices of the ladies of the parish.

Homemade sausage, sauerkraut and baked beans will be among the many tempting foods on the menu…

April 20, 1944

Mrs. Reuben Groll, chairman of the Red Cross sewing division, urges more ladies to assist in this work. Sewing rooms in the City Hall are open every Friday afternoon and the help of many workers is solicited.

FOR SALE—Modern 10-room house with two baths. E. A. RADEMACHER, Shakopee.

Shakopee Boy Gets U.S. Navy Wings of Gold. James G. Harris, 26, son of Mrs. Lottie Harris of 536 E. 1st St., Shakopee, won his Navy “Wings of Gold” and was commissioned an Ensign in the Naval Reserve April 7, following completion of the prescribed flight training course at the Naval Air Training Center, Pensacola Fla…


Dunn Manufacturing Co. Advertising for Help

The Dunn Manufacturing company, getting into operation some of the buildings constituting the former N. Y. A. Center, east of Shakopee, is advertising for skilled employees in an advertisement in the Argus-Tribune today.

According to A. C. Dunn, company head, his firm is engaged in war work, producing aluminum castings and forgings for aircraft. Although at present primarily concerned with war production, the management anticipates a healthy postwar business, Mr. Dunn said.

April 27, 1944

Boy Scout Program Sponsored by Legion. A substantial boost to the Boy Scout program, and a move that is intended to bring scouting to more boys in the Shakopee community, came this week when a newly organized 12-man troop committee applied for the local Boy Scout troop charter under the sponsorship of the American Legion…


Valley Sportsman Club To Hold Meeting, May 2

The Valley Sportsman Club is scheduled to meet Tuesday evening, May 2, at the Boy Scout Cabin, and all members and others who may be interested are urged to attend…

Paul Farrell, game warden of this district, has promised to be on hand to discuss the various phases of wild life. Tuesday evening, May 2 is the date—Shakopee Boy Scout Cabin is the place. Members are asked to mark their calendars accordingly.

1969: Shakopee Valley News

April 3, 1969

Dakota-Scott Library Now Dissolved. Approved at the regular meeting Tuesday of this week, April 1, of the Scott County Board of Commissioners was the dissolution of the Dakota-Scott Library system, effective March 31. Scott officials signed the agreement at this meeting…

Elect Kreuser, Harbeck To Council; Mayor To Return. The present Mayor is to return and the Common Council the City of Shakopee is to have a new face and a previous alderman returning, as registered voters of the City of Shakopee gave a wide, more than four-to-one margin to Incumbent Mayor Ray Siebenaler and elected former alderman, Francis Kreuser, and Northwest Airlines Pilot Walt Harbeck, the newcomer…

To Introduce Bill On Merger Soon. The bill, seeking permissive legislation to effect the proposed merger of the City of Shakopee, Eagle Creek township and possibly the Village of Prior Lake and a portion of Spring Lake township, is now in the hands of the Reviser of State Statutes Joe Bright, City Attorney Julius Coller reported yesterday…

Scott Board Approves Entering Into Comprehensive Planning. Approved at the regular meeting of the Scott County Commissioners Tuesday of this week, April 1, were resolutions providing for Scott County entering into phase one of the 701 Comprehensive Plan and naming Midwest Planning And Research, Inc. of Minneapolis, the firm that completed the Comprehensive Guide Plan For the City of Shakopee, as consultant…

Paul Wermerskirchen Elected By State Registers Association. Paul Wermerskirchen of Shakopee, Scott County Register of Deeds, was named first vice President of the Minnesota Register of Deeds Association for 1969 at the Registrars convention held February 5 through February 7, in St. Paul…

Mrs. Jaycees Babysitting Clinic Producing ‘Child Care Experts’ Assembly Line Style. Shakopee was blessed with approximately 95 more trained and competent babysitters last week, thanks to the assembly-line production carried on by the annual Mrs. Jaycees Babysitting Clinic…


To Close Holmes Bridge 3 Months

City Engineer Don Eichers reported at the adjourned meeting of the Common Council of the City of Shakopee last Thursday evening, March 27, that the State of Minnesota Highway Department has revealed that the Holmes Street Minnesota River bridge is to be closed for repairs for a three-month period from June 9 until September 1.

Eichers said that it was his understanding that the project planning include new decking and guard rails for pedestrian traffic to protect them from vehicular traffic. It was also stated that repaving was to be included, with Highway 169 to be improved possibly from Shakopee to the Twin Cities…

April 10, 1969

City Drops Administrator Post; Council Appoints New Recorder. In a near half-hour session, one of the shortest in the past several months, the Common Council of the City of Shakopee reorganized Tuesday night of this week, April 8, with newly elected officials sworn in, the post of city administrator dropped and a new City Recorder appointed…

Egypt Comes to St. Mary’s. A complete Egyptian meal – from lentil soup to Egyptian cookies – was prepared and presented by S. A. Sidholm at a dinner honoring Parish lectors, ushers and choir members of St. Mary’s Parish last Thursday evening, April 13…

April 17, 1969

‘Open-Mike’ Cancer Program Apr 23. The Scott County American Cancer Society is sponsoring a “Cancer Open-Mike” broadcast next Wednesday, April 23, at Radio Station KSSM…

John DuBois Now Detective-Sgt. Advanced in classification from First Patrolman with the Shakopee Police Department to detective-sergeant was John DuBois, 1040 South Apgar…

Ingenuity to achieve further flood water protection came into play as the Shakopee Utilities crew made use of a new wood chipper, ordinarily employed to chop up tree limbs, as the source of power for an emergency standby pump. Located at the sewage treatment plant in case flood waters get out of hand is the pump, right, which had its drive shaft connected to the drive shaft of the wood chipper. This pump will have a capacity of 2,000 gallons a minute. The wood chipper is powered by a Ford industrial 300 cubic-inch engine. Although the job could have been handled by the electrical pumps, this standby equipment was used in a test run to pump out the infiltration tanks at the sewage treatment plant on East First. Up to press time, pumping to control flood waters was not necessary at the plant site. Superintendent Lee Monnens pointed out the specially rigged equipment could possibly be used to pump out flood waters at the ball park once things start getting back to normal.


Warns Boats May Be Confiscated

Shakopee Police Chief R. G. “Pat” Thielen this week issued a warning against boat owners who persist in operating them in the area flood waters, adding that they are likely to be confiscated.

Chief Thielen said this is particularly true if the craft has not been authorized to be used; that is a boat operating on the flood backwaters or on city property (such as the flooded Huber Park area), and if anyone is operating his boat in an unsafe manner.


Scott Board Interviews Five For County Administrator

Five applicants, including one woman, for the post of Scott County administrator, recently authorized by the Scott County Board of Commissioners, were given half-hour interviews at the board’s regular meeting Tuesday of this week, April 15, with no action taken pending further consideration.

Applicants interviewed were in order, Donald J. Kes of Prior Lake, Oliver Bortness of Jordan, Scott County Auditor Joseph F. Ries of -Shakopee; Karen Drescher of Prior Lake, and Melvin Lebens of Shakopee, former City of Shakopee administrator…

April 24, 1969

Swimmers Can Take ‘First Plunge’ On Sat., June 14! Open for general swimming will be the new City of Shakopee Municipal swimming pool, located on Marystown road, just to the south of the Sweeney Elementary School, on Saturday, June 14, Recreation Director George Muenchow announced this week…

To Begin Work On Lewis Street Signal June 2. City Engineer Don Eichers reported at the April 17 adjourned regular meeting of the Common Council of the City of Shakopee that the State Highway Department informed him that the contract on the traffic semaphore at Lewis Street and Highway 101 (East First) has been let and work is to begin on or before June 2, with the installation to be completed within 35 working days…

City Chief Triple ‘Good Samaritan’ During Flood. Shakopee Police Chief R. G. “Pat” Thielen, who has been most active during the flood conditions in this community, was “good samaritan” via his runabout navigating three times in one 24-hour period, as three emergency hospital cases presented across the river transportation problems…

To Honor 3 On Shakopee Ford Sales Staff. Three members of the sales staff of Shakopee Ford, 1400 East First, Shakopee, will be honored for outstanding sales performance during 1968 at a Ford 300-500 Club banquet in April, Gary Johnson, Tom Mayer and Larry Deal…


Prospects Good On City Merger, Proposed Park Land From State

Prospects of the merger of the City of Shakopee with the township of Eagle Creek and the Village of Prior Lake look good, and the possibility of the City of Shakopee acquiring State Reformatory land of some 78 acres, located to the south and west of the new Municipal Swimming pool appears likely.

This was the report of City Shakopee officials after attending hearings held in the State Capitol this week…

1994: Shakopee Valley News

April 7, 1994

Half of Scott County work force goes on strike. The union representing nearly half of Scott County employees went on strike at 6:30 a-m. Tuesday, after rejecting a final labor contract offer Monday night. Apparently, it is the first strike in county history…

Volunteers sought to help during cleanup at Murphy’s Landing. Murphy’s Landing in Shakopee will conduct a spring-cleaning day on Saturday, April 16, and its staff is asking area residents to volunteer time, supplies and skills toward readying the historic living museum for its May 1 opening…


Murphy’s to hire four managers to oversee chief operations at site

Murphy’s Landing is advertising to hire four managers to replace staff whose jobs were terminated by the site’s board of trustees in January.

Murphy’s new Executive Director Shirley Olson is working with the board and volunteers with business expertise to overhaul the site’s organizational structure, business plan, and marketing and fund-raising efforts…

Olson said she has divided the operation of Murphy’s into four areas, for which Murphy’s will hire people: financial, management of admissions and the gift shop, physical facilities, and interpretive programs…


Seeger to lead Shakopee High School girls’ golf team

When he was a kid growing up in small-town Iowa, and later as a home-builder in the Twin Cities, Dennis Seeger had a zest for athletics and coaching. Today, as Shakopee High School’s new girls’ golf team, Seeger will have the chance to put his enthusiasm into action.

Seeger is replacing Jim Kohout as the head coach. Kohout is now the SHS boys’ coach, replacing Bob Kieber…

April 14, 1994

Preliminary budget with 4.9% increase OK’d by School Board. A preliminary budget for 1994-95 of $19.2 million, an increase of about $900,000 or 4.9 percent over this year’s of $18.3 million, was unanimously approved by the Shakopee School Board Monday…

School district will switch achievement tests this spring. Shakopee students will be taking Metropolitan Achievement Tests (MAT) this spring instead of the Stanford Achievement Tests, according to Susan Vaughan, director of special services for the school district…

Racing Commission hearing on track license applications will be tonight. The Minnesota Racing Commission will conduct a public hearing to receive testimony regarding license applications for Canterbury Downs racetrack ownership and racing. The hearing will be at 7 p.m. at Shakopee City Hall, 129 Holmes St. S…


Video about sisters’ mission is available

“To Live the Gospel Simply and Plainly Among the People” is the mission of the Franciscan Sisters of St. Paul and the theme of a video produced by Kevin Donovan and his team. The video tells the story of the sisters’ life and mission.

The Franciscan Sisters are former owners of St. Francis Regional Medical Center. The hospital, and Sisters Johanna Metzen and Antonice Delury are in the video…

April 21, 1994

County, union agree on contract to end strike. Scott County and its largest labor union reached a two-year contract agreement on Friday, and striking employees were back on the job Tuesday after a 10-day work stoppage…

Council authorizes hiring of full-time assistant attorney. The Shakopee City Council on April 14 authorized the hiring of a full-time assistant city attorney after City Attorney Karen Marty informed them that Pat McDermott, a part-time assistant city attorney, plans to leave his position…

Auto auctioneer, ringman contest this weekend. Northstar Auto Auction in Shakopee will be the site of the 1994 Auto Auctioneer and Auto Ringman Championship this weekend, which is open to the public free of charge…

Suit filed to halt Co. Rd. 18 project. Shakopee residents who own property near the intersection of County Roads 16 and 18 have filed a lawsuit against Scott County in an attempt to slow or halt a 2.6-mile portion of a project to widen County Road 18…


Gravel mining company seeks permit to expand operations

A gravel mining company that has sparred with the city in court over issues related to noise and traffic concerns is proposing to expand its operations.

Fischer Aggregates Inc., formerly known as NBZ Inc., is seeking to get its conditional-use permit amended to expand in size by about five acres, said City Administrator Dennis Kraft.

Fischer Aggregate formerly operated under the name of NBZ at a site west of County Road 83, south of County Road 16 and north of Valley View Road…

April 28, 1994

Terwedo says he won’t seek re-election. Scott County Attorney Jim Terwedo, citing a desire to seek new challenges in his personal and professional career, announced Monday that he will not seek a third term…

City accepts track owner’s guarantee of tax payments. With their personal net worth and business and personal reputations, the new owners of Canterbury Downs received approval from the Shakopee Housing and Redevelopment Authority (HRA) and the Shakopee City Council April 19 to replace a letter of credit guaranteeing payments of property taxes for the track through 1995 with a personal guarantee from one of the owners, Curtis Sampson of Hector…

Council approves pawnshop ordinance. Pawnshops in Shakopee will be under new restrictions with regard to hours of operation, police inspections and record-keeping, and will be required to videotape all transactions under a new ordinance approved by the City Council April 19…


School Board approves phone contract

Getting a call through to Shakopee schools will be a little easier once a new telephone and computer cabling system is in place.

The Shakopee School Board on Monday awarded a contract for a new telephone system to Fujitsu Business Communications Systems, Minneapolis, based on a low bid of $228,086, along with 5 percent for contingencies…

Right now, district buildings have the following number of phones: Central Elementary, 46; high school, 27; junior high, 21; and Sweeney and Pearson elementary schools, 13 each.

The problem now is not so much the number of phones, but the extensions, said Elert, which tend to jam up between buildings.

The new system, as proposed, will provide the following number of phones: Central, 50; high school, 72; junior high, 68; Sweeney, 55; and Pearson, 50…


True Value store sets grand opening

True Value Hardware will celebrate the opening of a new store at Shakopee Town Square with a grand opening event on Saturday…

Al Baer is general manager of the store, which opened in July and includes a staff of five full-time and five part-time employees…

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